AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of “aa-” (Superior) of RiverSource Life Insurance Company (Minneapolis, MN) and its wholly owned subsidiary, RiverSource Life Insurance Co. of New York (Albany, NY). These companies represent the key life/health (L/H) insurance subsidiaries of Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (Ameriprise) (headquartered in Minneapolis, MN) [NYSE: AMP] and are collectively known as Ameriprise Financial Group. Concurrently, AM Best has affirmed the FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of “a+” (Excellent) of Ameriprise Captive Insurance Company (ACIC) (Burlington, VT), a property/casualty subsidiary of Ameriprise. The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. In addition, AM Best has affirmed the Long-Term ICR of “a-” (Excellent) and the existing Long-Term Issue Credit Ratings (Long-Term IRs) of Ameriprise. The outlook of these ratings is stable. Please see below for a detailed listing of the Long-Term IRs.
The ratings of Ameriprise Financial Group reflect its balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, favorable business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM). The group’s operating performance has remained favorable through 2022 and continues to maintain a trend of high return-on-equity ratios on a statutory reporting basis. Earnings have been accretive to capital growth. While rate increases on the group’s long term care business and economic risks from interest rates rising may present challenges, robust ERM practices mitigate balance sheet risks. Ameriprise has executed on reinsurance transactions on specific lines of business to generate excess capital, improve interest rate risk, improve asset-liability management, while keeping earnings consistent. At the holding company level, Ameriprise maintains moderate financial leverage with good interest coverage. Both measures are within AM Best’s guidelines for Ameriprise’s current ratings. Ameriprise does have a history of returning capital back to shareholders.
Ameriprise’s life and annuity business is complemented by the enterprise’s larger asset management businesses in the United States and internationally. As a group, the RiverSource companies not only are geographically diversified across the United States, but also offer investment services in addition to life and annuity products. The distribution capabilities are robust through the company’s advisor channel, and the company has achieved innovative delivery and operating efficiencies through its investments in technology.
The ratings of ACIC reflect its balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong as well as its strong operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate ERM. ACIC benefits from rating enhancement due to its strategic importance as a single-parent captive insurance provider.
The captive has generated strong operating performance as demonstrated by its five-year average pre-tax return on revenue and equity ratios that compare favorably with the averages for AM Best’s commercial casualty composite. Additionally, ACIC benefits from a very low expense ratio.
AM Best assesses ACIC’s business profile as limited due to its narrow market focus as a single-parent captive serving just one customer (its parent) for a limited amount of exposure. ACIC provides various coverages to its parent in the form of errors and omissions policies, a workers’ compensation deductible reimbursement policy, fidelity bonds and property terrorism (conventional and nuclear, biological, chemical or radiological).
The following Long-Term IRs have been affirmed with stable outlooks:
Ameriprise Financial, Inc.-
— “a-” (Excellent) on $750 million 4.00% senior unsecured notes, due 2023
— “a-” (Excellent) on $550 million 3.70% senior unsecured notes, due 2024
— “a-” (Excellent) on $500 million 3.00% senior unsecured notes, due 2025
— “a-” (Excellent) on $500 million 2.875% senior unsecured notes, due 2026
— “a-” (Excellent) on $500 million 4.50% senior unsecured notes, due 2032
The following indicative Long-Term IRs have been affirmed with stable outlooks under the current shelf registration:
Ameriprise Financial, Inc.—
— “a-” (Excellent) on senior unsecured debt
— “bbb+” (Good) on subordinated debt
— “bbb” (Good) on preferred stock
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